Middendorp keeps eye on Downs


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is leaving no stone unturned as he prepares to battle Mamelodi Sundowns again.

Middendorp was an interested spectator at Lucas Moripe Stadium, where Sundowns hammered AmaZulu 5-0 in the Telkom Knockout last 16 on Sunday.

A lot would be expected from Chiefs when they face Sundowns again.

This follows Chiefs’ impressive 4-2 victory over Downs when the two sides met in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup recently.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane warned that his Tshwane side will be ready for Chiefs when they clash again, this time in a League encounter at Loftus Stadium on Sunday.

The German tactician has the whole week to prepare for the Brazilians and was spotted in Atteridgeville taking a closer look at Sundowns as they played AmaZulu.

While Chiefs would be fresh for the meeting at Loftus, Sundowns have to contend with a tough midweek fixture as they host Highlands Park at Lucas Moripe on Wednesday.

Ernst Middendorp and Pitso Mosimane will meet again on Sunday.

Whether Middendorp would return to watch Sundowns again remains to be seen.

What the German witnessed (Downs v AmaZulu) would have sent shivers down his spine considering Mosimane’s men were in fine form, with the South American trio of Gaston Sirino, Jose Ali Meza and Mauricio Affonso in fine form against the Durban side.

Sirino and Meza were also on the scoresheet in the Helix Cup. Chiefs beware.

But keep in mind that Leonardo Castro netted a hattrick against Sundowns in the Helix Cup. Sundowns beware.

The clash on Sunday has the potential to be a cracker, but Mosimane is focusing on Highlands at the moment.

“We must win the Highlands game – that’s our big game. Kaizer Chiefs is not our big game. Highlands is our big game,” Mosimane told the media on Sunday.

Is Mosimane playing mind games?

You be the judge…

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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